Lorain Bike Share

Released On: 5/20/2019


The Lorai
n Public Library System is "wheelie" excited to officially launch the Go Lorain Bike Share program, a collaboration with Lorain County Public Health, the Lorain County Metro Parks and the Lorain County Community Action Agency, May 18 at Better Block.

LPLS will be the jumping off point for taking advantage of this completely free program. Stop in at the Main Branch and use your library card to check out one of the adult bikes available, courtesy of the Lorain Police Department. Helmets and locks will also be available to check out, so you can make the most of your ride around Lorain.

“We are so proud to be part of the Go Lorain Bike Share program because it demonstrates how the power of collaboration brings new ideas and possibilities to the community,” LPLS Chief Executive Officer Anastasia Diamond-Ortiz said. 

Go Lorain is part of the Lorain Connected Collaborative, a group of partners headed by Lorain County Public Health working together to promote active transportation.

Health Education Specialist Kat Bray said LCPH was awarded a one-year $69,976 Safe Systems Innovation Grant through the National Safety Council’s Road to Zero initiative.

“The grant focuses on increasing safety for bicyclists and pedestrians, and a portion of this grant funded the Go Lorain Bike Share,” she said. “Many people rely on biking and walking to get where they need to go. It’s important to create an environment that supports it. That is why Lorain Connected and LCPH strive to make biking a healthy, safe and reliable transportation option.”

Bray said the funding will cover the cost of blue Go Lorain bike racks throughout Lorain, bike maintenance supplies, educational materials, baskets, bike lights, locks, advertising and bike maps.

“Lorain does not have much bicycle parking or other bike facilities such as bike lanes,” she said. “The GoLorain Bike Share provides bikes and bike parking around the community and increases visibility of the biking community in Lorain.”

Lorain County Metro Parks Assistant Director Jennifer Bracken said LCMP will be destinations for the Go Lorain program and will be putting together the map for participants to use along their travels, which will be available at LPLS’s Main Branch at checkout.

“The beauty of this bike share program is that it provides access to this mode of transportation at no cost,” she said. “It’s a model that has seen great success in similar communities. We are thrilled that this program will also include elements of travel and tourism and healthy living. It’s a win-win for everyone involved.”

When the bikes need serviced and maintenance, they’ll head over to the Lorain County Community Action Agency where they’ll get the care they need.

Senior Communications and Outreach Manager Elizabeth Wagner said this work will be done by young adults ages 16 to 24 as part of the Paid Work Experience program, sponsored through OhioMeansJobs – Lorain County.

“Youth benefit from the program in two ways,” she said. “They learn daily working skills such as teamwork, communication, problem-solving and ethics. They also learn how to use power and hand tools as well as how to perform maintenance and record keeping.”

She said there will be a grand opening for the bike shop June 22 in honor of former LCCAA Board member and Lorain county commissioner, Ron Nabakowski. 

Other information:

Patrons can check out a lock or a helmet without checking out a bike.

Helmets are required for participation.

Currently, LPLS only has adult bikes. However, we do have children’s helmets available for check out.

The program will launch at the Main Branch.

Bikes must be returned by closing.

If bikes, helmets or locks are not returned or are lost, the fine is the replacement cost: $100 for a bike, $25 for a helmet and $12 for a lock.